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African Health Ministers Agree On Several Priorities At WHO Regional Meeting

“With 44 percent of deaths among women worldwide occurring in the [WHO] African Region, African health ministers have agreed on measures aimed at addressing the issue as well as HIV, eHealth, traditional medicine and the health of elderly people,” PANA/AfriqueJet reports. The health ministers from 47 African countries, “who ended their 63rd session in Brazzaville, Congo, over the weekend, also adopted resolutions endorsing the report on the Rules of Procedure of the Regional Committee and a regional strategy on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs),” the news agency writes. “They … urged countries to, among others, give priority to women in their development agendas, remove barriers to women’s access to financial resources, property and health care and empower women through girl education,” according to PANA, which outlines other agreements arising from the meeting. “The 64th session of the Regional Committee is expected to be held in Cotonou, Benin, in 2014,” the news agency notes (9/10).